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Pittsburgh International Airport to get nonstop flights to Montreal

| Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 9:27 a.m.

Pittsburgh International Airport will soon offer nonstop service to Montreal for the first time in 13 years.

Air Canada plans to launch daily flights to Montreal on May 17, according to an airport news release. The year-round service will be offered on a 50-seat jet.

“Adding another international destination like Montreal is important for both business and leisure travelers alike and adds to the momentum at Pittsburgh International Airport,” Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said in the release. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Air Canada in Pittsburgh's growing international market.”

Pittsburgh-based Alcoa has operations in Montreal, according to the release. Montreal is also the headquarters for Bombardier, the plane and train manufacturer that has two Pittsburgh-area manufacturing facilities.

The city receives more than 10 million visitors each year, the release said.

Air Canada has long offered service to Toronto from the airport, currently with four flights a day. Porter Airlines ended service to Toronto earlier this year.

The airport hasn't had nonstop service to Montreal since November 2004, the release said.

As a two-year incentive, the airport provided the carrier $50,000 incentive and waived landing fees, said Bob Kerlik, airport spokesman.

It's the second new nonstop destination announced for the airport this month.

Alaska Airlines earlier this month announced its plans to launch long-awaited service to Seattle in September.

Once service to Seattle and Montreal launch, the airport will have nonstop service to 69 airports in 65 cities.

In the beginning of 2015, when Cassotis took the helm, the airport had nonstop service to only 37 airports.

United Kingdom-based research firm Skytrax this year ranked Air Canada as North America's best airline, the release said. The carrier serves more than 200 airports on six continents, including 60 in the United States.

Tickets are available for purchase on Air Canada's website .

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, or via Twitter @tclift.

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